The Globe and Mail has been featuring a “Your Life at Work” series this year. Here is a “Cost of Doing Nothing Calculator” where employers are invited to quantify the cost of not addressing these important issues:
As you may know, TEND Academy is composed of a team of highly skilled, extremely dedicated professional individuals, all of whom work full time in the helping field in addition to providing training and education sessions for our little company.
At the start of this new year, I asked the TEND Academy associates to share their reflections on the work. Here are some of their words:
From Diana Tikasz, MSW, RSW: “I love a good snowstorm. It invites us to slow down. If we accept the invitation, we are rewarded with inherent stillness, beauty and wonder. It creates an opportunity to pause, reflect, and reconnect. It can be an occasion to reset ourselves and gain perspective as we gaze at each delicate snowflake falling. As we take a second to pause, we create awareness, and with awareness comes choice; the choice of how we wish to experience this moment and how we will step forward through the “storm”. I wish you all the best the season has to offer and the possibility to explore the power of a pause.”
From Rebecca Brown, MSW, RSW: “As I reflect back over this past year, I am once again humbled and in awe of the amazing people I have had the privilege to meet through our connection with Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue. I have been honoured to be in the presence of helpers and healers from such fields as Victims’ Services, Alzheimer’s Society, Special Education Teachers, Medical Staff, Educational Assistants, Probation Officers, and Camp Counsellors for Children with Cancer. I am left with such a feeling of hope and a better appreciation for the capacity for resilience in people. I am inspired to continue to make our workshops relevant and impactful, and it is with a renewed focus on resilience that I am looking forward to the New Year.”
and from Lori Tomalty-Nusca, RECE, RT.
“I love to do CF training sessions. I always walk away feeling that I have learned something from the audience, as I hear about different workplaces, different ideas and different aspirations to change a small part of life to make balance and self care important (as I feel it should always be). Everyone works so hard to make the lives of our clients/families better, and often we forget to celebrate the small successes that our clients have already made, because we, the helpers helped them along their journey. I especially love it when complete strangers come up to me at the end of a presentation, often with tears in their eyes, saying that they are inspired and are committed to change aspects their lives to make work/life balance better…it really is the best gift!
Happy New Year, and to all a good balance!!!”
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In today’s workplace we can be certain of only three things: there will be change, there will be stress and there will be conflict. It’s inevitable. As we navigate through our work days, we are confronted with conflict on different scales: perhaps someone drank the last cup of coffee and didn’t make more, maybe someone jammed the photocopier and walked away, or maybe you are experiencing bullying and harassment. The fact of the matter is that conflict has an ubiquitous influence on our working relationships. A recent survey conducted by CPP Global found that employees spend an average of 2.8 to 3.3 hours a week dealing with conflict, (low level and un-escalated conflict) and human resource workers spend upwards of 51% of their week addressing conflicts. A 1996 study demonstrated that 42% of a manager’s time is spent on conflict-related negotiations.
So, the million dollar question…What can we do about this? While conflict is never truly preventable, we can learn effective approaches for maximizing positive outcomes and harnessing conflict to make it work for us.
Has your work changed?
Is there more stress and uncertainty in your job than there used to be?
57% of Canadians report high levels of stress
1/3 Canadians put work first and let it interfere with family
(Duxbury & Higgins, 2012)
In 1991, according to the Duxbury study on work-life balance, 46% of Canadians reported being satisfied with life. In 2012, it has plummeted to 23%. As many of you know first-hand, the recent economic downturn has led to significant budgetary compressions in the public purse. As a result, many of us working in the helping fields and in the civil service have experienced massive changes: layoffs, reorganizations, job abolitions, changes in mandate, elevated conflict and a lot of uncertainty and fear of what is yet to come. Over the past ten years, I have crisscrossed the country many times to offer compassion fatigue training in nearly every province and territory. During my workshops, I get to meet with public sector employees, health care workers and other helping professionals as well as with management and human resources. Lately, I have been hearing the same words from nearly everyone I meet: “change”, “stress”, “conflict”, “uncertainty” and “overload”.
Is this true for you as well?
A friend of mine who works in a very busy children’s mental health centre came to work one day to find this life sized Power Ranger guarding her office. If I got the story straight, some of her staff thought she could put him in front of her door to let people know to leave her alone when she needs time to work on stuff. He is her guard. Isn’t that fantastic? Now, of course, only in Los Angeles would you be able to find a full sized action hero mannequin, right? (that’s me on the right, giving him a little squeeze, for those who have never met me).
So here is my question for you, dear reader, on this beautiful Sunday morning, before I dash off to yoga: Who guards your time? Who protects you from unwanted incursions? Do you have a clear sign (or a big red guy) that lets the world that you need to be left alone? How would I know, if I was your friend or your work colleague, that you do not want to be disturbed? Do you answer your phone at all hours of the night and day, or are you comfortable setting limits on calls, texts and emails? Can people drop in on you unannounced any time or are you clear on what works and what does not work for you?
There are ways to set boundaries where you can still be kind and warm to others. Then there are days where I just feel like wearing a t-shirt that says **** off! What are your best strategies?
I wanted to share with you a wonderful new resource – a series of cognitive training workshops offered by my friend Nancy Salay. Nancy is a lecturer at Queen’s University where she teaches and does research in the Philosophy department and the School of Computing. Her area of specialization is cognitive science.
Nancy has 15+ years of experience teaching cognitive skills, both at universities and in the private sector. She has long struggled with the problem of how to bridge the gap between theory and practice; Her new initiative, Do It Better is the result. Nancy is now offering hands-on workshops for teachers, health care workers and professionals in the corporate world.
Check our her three one day workshops:
Leo Babauta from Zen Habits just wrote a post that will speak to many of you out there, I think. Having just spent an hour a day during March break trying to battle my inbox, I can certainly relate. Click here to read Leo’s post: A Survival Guide for Beating Information Addiction.
Ah! I am back, after a rather unpleasant five days of fever/coughing and feeling generally really crummy. I am still sounding like a one-man band but feeling back to myself. It’s not easy for a normally high energy person like me to be sidelined for this long, but I was a good girl and got lots of rest and drank more lemon tea than you can shake a stick at. I have a bit of a backlog of resources I would like to share with you, so I’ll post them in the coming days. One of them is from Lynn Grodzki and is intended for anyone out there wanting to launch a private practice or needing more help with the marketing/financial aspects of their existing practice. Lynn is a highly accomplished therapist who has written several excellent books on the business aspects of running and maintaining a successful private practice. I recently read “Building your Ideal Private Practice: A Guide for Therapists and Other Healing Professionals” and found it was filled with invaluable information on identifying your niche clientele, establishing realistic goals and making sure you take smart, calculated risks with integrity. Lynn also writes a regular newsletter which you can subscribe to and she very generously shared all her books with me when I sent her a quick email.
The topic of launching and marketing a private practice or consulting business is a topic that my friend Robin Cameron and I enjoy tremendously. In fact, when she returns from her world travels (Robin is on a sabbatical with her family), we plan on offering more resources on this topic, likely in the Fall.